Kirsten Gum

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Kirsten Gum
Born (1972-12-08) December 8, 1972 (age 44)
Alaska, United States
Residence Venice, California
Occupation Television host
Sportscaster, raw food chef

Kirsten Gum is an adventure traveler, sports commentator and raw food chef.[1] She was also the host of the reality television series Cash & Treasures and Treasure Hunter: Kirsten Gum on the Travel Channel.

Early life and education[edit]

Kirsten was born in Alaska but raised on an apple orchard in Okanogan, Washington,[2] and attended the University of Washington,[3] where she graduated from the Broadcast Journalism and Political Science schools.[4]



After working as one-woman broadcast team in Jefferson City, Missouri,[4][5] Gum landed her first on-air jobs as a news reporter and sportscaster in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Fox 18 WCCB[5] in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she was a news anchor and was voted "Sexiest Woman in Charlotte."[2][4] She then went on to host the following television shows over a period that lasted nearly two decades:[6] Fox Sports Net's Totally NASCAR,[5][7] ESPN’s Outdoor Block, Outdoor Living Network’s Tour de France studio show (where she was the first-ever female host for the event),[4] Travel Channel's Treasure Hunter: Kirsten Gum,[8] and Discovery HD Theater's What's My Car Worth?[2] At one time, Gum was considered the most recognizable woman in sports commenting.[5]

Raw Food Chef[edit]

Gum currently works as a raw food chef, having received her certification from Living Light Raw Foods Culinary Institute in Fort Bragg, California.[6] She has taught raw food instruction at the Japan Living Beauty Association, where she also sits on the board of directors.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In addition to covering sports, Gum has led an active life, coming in as part of the second-place team in Virginia's 400-mile adventure race the "Beast of the East" in October 2005.[5] She went on to compete in Primal Quest, an expedition-length adventure race that has been called one of the most difficult athletic events in the world and was cited as the most prestigious expedition event in North America.[9]

Gum is also an avid environmentalist.[4]


  1. ^ Archived from the original on February 17, 2009. Retrieved February 14, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d "Living Light Student Success Story". August 2010. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  3. ^ "Kirsten Gum’s profile". Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Vail Valley: Hunting for treasure and adventure". Vail Daily. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Kirsten Gum -- The Adventurer". Hotel & Resort Insider. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  6. ^ a b Fitzsimmons, Annie (2012-04-05). "Healthy Travel: Searching for Wellness on the Road". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  7. ^ Howell, John (2002-02-15). "Daytona An Olympic Icebreaker". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  8. ^ Romalino, Carly Q. (2012-03-11). "Calvary Chapel members compete in pastors vs. parishioners Grand Canyon challenge in Ford Explorer commercial". Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  9. ^ Leadership in the Wild, Forbes, June 26, 2006, p. 37

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